How you think is tied to how you feel. If you’re feeling frantic, you’ll have scattered, panicky thoughts. If you’re feeling calm, you’ll have clear, cohesive thoughts. But get this: a teen’s emotional center is maturing quickly, making them particularly sensitive to other people’s reactions. That’s why teens have intense feelings and strong empathy. But the flipside is that teens are going to need you (as in all the adults around them) to stay calm and collected so they can be calm and collected. Remember, if you’re calm, they can be calm. Thoughtfulness is –– thankfully! –– teachable and reachable.